Monaco Christmas Village was officially opened yesterday afternoon by Mayor Georges Marsan. Young members of La Palladienne de Monaco folk group danced for us, then we took a tour of the stalls, and followed it with a tasting of some of the delicious food that can be purchased from them.
This 19th edition of the market has a New Orleans theme (Noël à la Nouvelle Orleans), marking the 300th anniversary of the Louisiana town. Chalets have been constructed in the style of Creole townhouses of the French quarter, and a seating area for diners has been built to look like a Mississippi paddle boat.
As for the dining choices, savoury favourites include fish and chips, and the regional snacks, socca and barbajuans. For something sweet, we were pleased to see the return of the delicious Boules Mousse chocolate-covered soft meringues. Drinks include mulled wine, hot chocolate and Christmas beer.
Chalets are also selling festive decorations, and lots of items suitable for Christmas gifts. The big wheel and the carousel are back, and there are two new attractions for the very young, a little train and duck fishing.
As the Mayor said in his speech, the village and skating rink bring "spectacle and magic" (féérie et magie) to both the Principality and surrounding communities, as well as providing entertainment for the young and the not so young. Enjoy!
- Christmas village open daily from 7 December to 6 January
- Ice rink open daily from 7 December to 3 March:
20 Dec at 19:00, concert by Blah Blah
22 Dec at 17:30, Christmas show on ice
2 Mar, Monaco Ice-Skating competition